Oliver Ingraham (America, early 1900s)


Figure 1.--Oliver Ingraham had his portrait taken in the early 1900s. He was photographed by Champney of Rockport, Maine. The resulting portrait was an interesting record of his first haircut. Click on the image for a second view.

Oliver Ingraham had his portrait taken in the early 1900s. I would say about 1905. He was photographed by Champney of Rockport, Maine. We have no other information about Oliver. The elegant sailor outfit and elborate hair style suggest that Oliver came from an affluent family. He looks to be bout 5 or 6 year old. The resulting portrait was an interesting record of his first haircut. There are a series of three early photos showing Oliver in a white sailor tunic before and after his first grownup haircut that trims away his beautiful long curls. Oliver wears a rather elegant all-white tunic sailor suit. The dickey at his sailor cllar was also all white. Even the scarfe is white. There are no stripes and other detailing. He wears acwide dark-colored belt with his suit. The belt worn over the tunic suit was purely for decoration. The bloomer knickers are above the knee. Rather than white stockings to match his suit, Oliver wears black long stocking. Oliver's hair is done in long shoulder-length ringlet curls. The hair at his forehead swept back and he has a prominant left part. He also wers a very small hair bow. In contrast to his sailor suit, is hair bow is a dark color, however, I am not sure just what color it was.

Chronology

Oliver Ingraham had his portrait taken in the early 1900s. I would say about 1905.

Location

Oliver was photographed by Champney of Rockport, Maine.

Oliver

We have no other information about Oliver. The elegant sailor outfit and elborate hair style suggest that Oliver came from an affluent family. He looks to be bout 5 or 6 year old.

Occassion

The resulting portrait was an interesting record of his first haircut. There are a series of three early photos showing Oliver in a white sailor tunic before and after his first grownup haircut that trims away his beautiful long curls. Obviously this was a major event for the family. Mother had a series of photograph taken before and after. This must have been a terribly sad time for Oliver's mother and we suspect that she teary-eyed watching Oliver's hair cut. We wonder what Oliver's attitude was toward having jis curls cut. Interestingly the happiest expression he has is the first one (figure 1). His expresion in the other portraits provide no clues as to his attitude.


Figure 2.--This portrait shows Oliver after having his curls cut. Note that he still has a prominant left part. Oliver's expression provide little indication as to what he thought about having his curls cut.

Clothes

Oliver wears a rather elegant all-white tunic sailor suit. The dickey at his sailor cllar was also all white. Even the scarfe is white. There are no stripes and other detailing. He wears acwide dark-colored belt with his suit. The belt worn over the tunic suit was purely for decoration. The bloomer knickers are above the knee. Rather than white stockings to match his suit, Oliver wears black long stocking.

Hair Style

Oliver's hair is done in long shoulder-length ringlet curls. The hair at his forehead swept back and he has a prominant left part. He also wers a very small hair bow. In contrast to his sailor suit, is hair bow is a dark color, however, I am not sure just what color it was.






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